Antonio Couceiro has been appointed as Real Club Deportivo's new chairman after the former Board's decision to resign

08/02/2021 20:15

Real Club Deportivo have decided to appoint new Board Members after the former members handed in their resignation earlier this afternoon. The new Board will be presided by Antonio Couceiro, the president of the Chamber of Commerce of A Coruña, and also of AFIGAL and CESGAR. The rest of the Board members are as follows: Eduardo Blanco, Carlos Cantó, David Villasuso and Emma Lustres.

Real Club Deportivo would like to thank the outgoing Board for their work and dedication during their time at the Club.

The Club has incorporated professionals specialised in sports business and management, and with prominent careers both in the public and private sectors.

Antonio Couceiro Méndez (A Coruña, 1955). Antonio Couceiro is a Civil Engineer with extensive management experience in the public and private sectors. He is the current president of the Chamber of Commerce of A Coruña, AFIGAL and CESGAR. Previously, he chaired the Port Authority of A Coruña, he was the general director of Begano, and Minister of Trade and Industry in the Xunta de Galicia.

Eduardo Blanco Pereira (A Coruña, 1955). Eduardo Blanco graduated in Sports Science, has a Master in Sports Law, and a PhD in Law. He is president of the Spanish Federation of Sports Management Associations (FAGDE) and presides the Galician Sports Management Association (AGAXEDE). He is a professor at several universities and co-author of several books on Sports Law and Management. Since 2006, he has gained the Sports Merit Medal awarded by the Spanish government, and the gold badge from the Spanish Federation of Sports Management Associations (FAGDE).

Carlos Cantó Navés (Barcelona, 1967). Carlos Cantó graduated in Business Studies, has an MBA from the ESADE Business School, and is an expert in the world of marketing and sponsorships. He is the CEO of SPSG Consulting Vocal and coordinator of the "Sports Marketing" section of the Spanish Marketing Association, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the "World Football Summit" (WFS). Carlos is an associate Sports Business professor at ESADE Business School, a collaborator in different media (Expansión, Palco23, the Spanish Forbes edition, etc.), and a guest speaker at various business schools (IESE, Columbia University, IE, EAE, etc.). He has led sports and leisure projects in 25 countries and participates in events and reviews related to the sports industry.

Emma Lustres Gómez (O Grove, 1975). Emma Lustres is the founder of VACA Films Studio and has launched VACA TV and VACA NET TV. Vaca Films has established itself over the years as one of the leading independent production companies in Spain and has developed many successful films and series throughout the years. She has extensive knowledge of the large national and international production companies that will play an important role in the TV rights market.

David Villasuso Castaño (A Coruña, 1973). Mr Villasuso is a current Board Member and the general director of Real Club Deportivo. He came from ABANCA and has a degree in Business Studies from the University of A Coruña. He has practically spent his entire career in the banking sector; from 2003 to 2020 he has worked for Deutsche Bank, Banco Etcheverría, etc.